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Will we be getting good doctors and safer patients?

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 01 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:450
  1. Graeme Catto, president
  1. General Medical Council, London NW1 3JN
  1. opce{at}

    Last week, the Department of Health announced its plans for reforming regulation of doctors. The BMJ asked some of those affected for their opinions

    I believe that forward thinking doctors will welcome this white paper, which puts the uncertainties of recent years behind us. The emphasis on the independence of the General Medical Council—independent of government as the UK's dominant healthcare provider and of dominance by any single group—is surely right if we are to command the confidence of everyone who receives and provides health care. We all need a lasting …

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